Friday, May 28, 2004

VisiBone Font Survey Results - Browsershare

Good for future reference: VisiBone Font Survey Results

Tuesday, May 25, 2004

Multilevel Suckerfish dropdowns

Just for reference, this page has a nice multi-level version of the suckerfish dropdown: Suckerfish Dropdowns - Perciformes!

Wednesday, May 19, 2004

Fun with Forms

This piece has an interesting take on how to do forms: fun with forms.

So pretty!

Must bookmark: Developing With Web Standards

I stumbled across this site while sitting in #css on EfNet. The page is a good overview of everything related to Developing With Web Standards.

This document explains how and why using web standards will let you build websites in a way that saves time and money for the developer and provides a better experience for the visit

Text sizing in ems

I've frankly never encountered that many problems using the ems unit. I have people tell me that things were "too small," but that's usually because the user had their font settings set to "small" or "smaller". Silly people.

Regardless, this is one of the best explanations of how relative font-sizing works: How to size text using ems.

If the world were an ideal place, we’d all use pixels. But it’s not, we have the broken browser to contend with. IE/Win will not allow readers to resize text that has been sized in pixels. Like it or not, your readers will want to resize text at some point. Perhaps they are short-sighted, doing a presentation, using a ridiculously high resolution laptop or simply have tired eyes. So unless you know (not think) your audience won’t be using IE/Win or will never wish to resize their text then pixels are not yet a viable solution.

The page goes on to explain how to "start" with a particular fixed unit size (ie. px) by using percentages of the default value.

As a note, I'm not sure that I would ever make the body of a non-personal site start at 62.5% of the user's default.

Suckerfish Dropdowns

I'm a huge fan of Suckerfish dropdowns. In general, they're very lightweight and easy to implement. So, of course, it didn't take long for there to be the "son of suckerfish".

The original Suckerfish Dropdowns article published in A List Apart proved to be a popular way of implementing lightweight, accessible CSS-based dropdown menus that accommodated Internet Explorer by mimicking the :hover pseudo-class.

Well now they're back and they're more accessible, even lighter in weight (just 12 lines of JavaScript), have greater compatibility (they now work in Opera and Safari without a hack in sight) and can have multiple-levels.